Planning for Change: Planning in Times of Change

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 08:45 to 15:30
Ulster University – Magee Campus, Derry/Londonderry

Focusing on the theme of “Planning for Change: Planning in Times of Change”, the 12th Annual Conference of the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) will take place on the 6th November 2019. This 1-day event will take place in Ulster University – Magee Campus, Derry/Londonderry.
We live in changing and challenging times. Settlements across the island of Ireland, irrespective of scale, are facing challenges of an unprecedented magnitude. Such challenges are vast and complex, and include global warming and climate change, increasingly dispersed and fragmented settlement patterns, greater distances between where people live and where people work, housing affordability and an associated housing crisis, demographic changes, shifting retail patterns and a correlated stagnation and hollowing out of our city and town cores, a contraction of services locally, and diversifying energy supplies.
In this context, spatial planning policy and practice is increasingly operating in times of change – but, equally, must also plan for change. Planning must play a key role in preparing a more sustainable – and stable – future for our settlements, urban and rural. The conference comprises of plenary sessions and parallel thematic sessions on the following topics:
Planning for Sustainable Change
Planning for an Ageing Society
Climate Change Adaptation – What this Means for Spatial Planning
A Place with (No) Purpose – The Future of the High Street
Principles, Policy and Practice – Looking to the 22nd Century
This conference will consider the challenges and opportunities facing spatial planning policy and practice now – and over the coming decades. It will provide a forum to both discuss and consider the future direction of planning, and the extent to which the achievement of transformative planning processes is possible.      
 Confirmed speakers & chairs include:
Prof. Gerrit Knapp, National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland
Dr. Louise Kempton, Newcastle City Futures
Mr. Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council
Mr. John Kelpie, Chief Executive, Derry City and Strabane District Council
Mr. Niall Cussen, Office of the Planning Regulator
Dr. Ainhoa Gonzales Del Campo, University College Dublin
Mr. Conor Skehan, TU Dublin
Ms. Mary McIntyre OBE, Planning Consultant
Mr. Pádraig Maguire, Meath County Council

To register for this event, please book via this link (Eventbrite). There is a fee of £65.00 (+ booking charges) to attend this event.
We look forward to seeing you in Derry/Londonderry. ICLRD Progamme  here